The Way to Game the Walk of Shameby Jenn P. Nguyen
Published by Macmillan, Swoon Reads on June 7th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Taylor Simmons is screwed.
Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.
Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.
What happens when the most uptight, over-achieving, driven student in the senior class ends up getting drunk as a skunk and wakes up next to the school’s most notorious playboy? A whole lot of character growth, sprinked with sweet, tender family moments that make this contemporary romance an easy winner for a summer time quick read. Just don’t look too closely at the character’s morals, please?
Taylor Simmons earned her nickname as the “Ice Queen” by doing annoying scholastic things such as scheduling daily debate meetings and being a general pain in the ass brainiac. But when she “lets go” one night at a party she’s dragged to by her best friend, everyone at her high school makes sure she never forgets that she sunk so low as to leave with the one of the hottest guys in the school, Evan McKinley. Doesn’t matter that she didn’t end up as one of the notches on his surfboard.
Things aren’t always as they seem.
And it couldn’t be truer with Evan. Oh, he’s a player alright. He’s probably earned every notch on the surfboard (one of the things I didn’t care so much for in this book). BUT, he actually surprises Taylor a time or two. The first time being when he agrees to a fake relationship with Taylor so the gossip will die down about them and Taylor and can get on with focusing on her future of being a Lawyer. You bet she has everything planned out.
I liked the originality that Ms. Nguyen shot into this tried and true trope of a fake relationship. Honestly, I won’t even tell you if they get together! Oh, maybe another review spoiled it for you but I won’t! There are just a lot quirks to this story that make it unique.
I really liked the secondary characters of Carly, Aaron, and Brian! I really wish there could have been more space for them in the story but, alas, the story would have just drug on endlessly. Carly is a force to be reckoned with and together with Aaron, they were the only truly sane ones of the bunch. I honestly couldn’t believe Brian went to the lengths he did… I thought him smarter than that. Read the book to find out what the heck I’m talking about 😉
What I didn’t like so much? This is going to sound kind of weird but I wasn’t completely enamored with either of the leading characters. Sometimes Taylor was great, totally endearing. But then she would say something she did in the past and I would think, “Well, you’re annoying.” And Evan, ah, sweet man-whore Evan. Why can’t teen boys NOT be man-whores? Seriously! Evan makes it a rule to never to ‘date or sleep with same girl twice’ but one girl, Lauren, he’ll do it with on and off while she has a boyfriend. Ewwwww.
Granted, to like a book, you don’t have to like the characters. I don’t like murderers and authors write about those, right? And by the end, the story won me over anyways 🙂
And Evan, nobody who likes their surfboard would intentionally put scratches into it. I hope that was your back-up board 🙂